Crockpot Ham and Au Gratin Potatoes

So today I was planning on a totally different meal. However, life happens and I won’t have the time to make what I’d planned. Life Happens! So I had to turn to my pantry for a quick meal that could cook in the crockpot.

  • Boxed Au Gratin potatoes
  • milk, water and butter or margarine according to package directions
  • Cubed ham – leftover, frozen, fresh or even deli ham will work
  • Seasoning to taste
  • Crockpot liner (optional)
  • You can double the recipe if you’d like.

Pour the liquid ingredients into the crockpot, add dried potatoes and stir. Stir in ham. Dot the top with the butter, Cook on high for 2 hours, time and setting may vary with different crock pots.

If you prefer, you can make this in the oven, just use the box directions.

There you have it! Dinner. Open a can of corn, or even mix some in the crockpot if you’d like.

Adulting – Cleaning the Bathroom

Cleaning the kids Bathroom, or as I like to announce: “They’re going to name a disease after you!” I mean, I’ve literally walked into my kids bathroom and found every surface of the room covered in dirty laundry, EXCEPT, the laundry hamper. It was like the laundry hamper threw up in the bathroom!🤣 The smallest, most vital room in the house is often the dirtiest, so let’s make cleaning it easy. You’ll need a few basic supplies. No need to be exact, everyone has their own favorites when it comes to cleaning products, I’ll just list what I use and you can substitute it as necessary. Let’s face it, cleaning products can be very expensive, so use what you have on hand. A good resource for cleaning products is a dollar store.

Cleaning Wipes or Spray

Window cleaner

Cleanser

Magic Eraser

Toilet Brush

First, assemble your cleaning supplies. Keep them out of reach of children and pets. I have a set of cleaning supplies in each bathroom for easy access. You’re more likely to touch up a mess if the supplies are handy.

Spray cleaner on the toilet or use a cleaning wipe. I start at the top and work my way down. Toss the wipe, don’t flush it. Wash your hands.

 Take a fresh wipe or spray a cloth/paper towel with cleaner and wipe off the big germ catchers, the light switches and doorknobs.  Now the tub/shower. This is where the magic eraser comes in. Dampen the tub, sprinkle cleanser in it and use the magic eraser to scrub it down. You’ll get a lot more traction with the magic eraser than with a sponge or cloth. Rinse. Last is the sink and mirror. Spray the mirror with window cleaner and polish. Remove everything from the counters, spray them down and wipe clean. Take a damp cloth to the front of the cabinets and side of the bathtub.

Do the floor last, you can use any kind of mop or do it by hand with a cloth and cleaner. Set out fresh towels and your good to go! Repeat once a week, more if it needs it or is used my multiple people. REMEMBER: Never mix chemicals. Make sure the cleaning products are acceptable for your surfaces.  

That sucked, didn’t it. I know. No one likes to clean the bathroom, but it is necessary. So let’s make the job easier next time. Keep a magic eraser in the tub/shower. Whenever you see a footprint, soap scum or smudge, use your foot to scrub the tub with the magic eraser. Hold onto something so you don’t fall. Keep wipes or cleaner on the back of the toilet so you can quickly catch messes as they happen. As a final touch, I keep a spray bottle filled with alcohol to spritz on surfaces to help disinfect.

15 Minute Meatball Subs

  • 1 Bag frozen Meatballs
  • 1 Jar of prepared tomato-based pasta sauce – spaghetti, marinara
  • Shredded or Sliced Mozzarella or Provolone cheese
  • Hot dog buns or bread – whatever you have on hand

Heat meatballs and pasta sauce in a medium sauce pan until heated through, about 10 minutes. Toast the buns or bread (optional). Place some cheese on bottom of bread, add sauce and meatballs, add more cheese on top.

Make it a Meal: Toss a bag of frozen french fries or potato of choice into the oven, pop open a prepared bag salad and you have dinner.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Cover Reveal

I am a ridiculously proud Mommy today. The new cover for Nightwalker A Leah Wolfe Sins Novel was created by my very own daughter, Cheyenne Print! Nightwalker will be re-released on Amazon for both Kindle and print versions. So, what do you think of the new cover?

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Let’s put the party together!

2017-06-25 14.11.59A good idea,  in my opinion, is to keep things individually wrapped. It not only eliminates many hands in the chip bowl  but deters flies (if it’s an outside event) and makes set up and clean up much easier. You can find individually wrapped candy, chips, utensils  labels, thank you cards, personalized water bottles, cupcakes, permanent markers to label your drink cups Add a few plastic containers, I get mine from the local big box or dollar store, and arrange it where you need it. As a bonus, most of these things can be ordered online saving time, gas and stress. Be sure to put out an extra trash can or two so guests don’t have to wonder where to put their wrappers.

 

 

 

Cakes or Cupcakes?

Let’s face it, both are amazing, but I can’t be the only one left with half a sheet cake after a party. Then it’s trying to find space for the leftovers in the refrigerator! So for my gatherings, I try to do cupcakes. I can mix and match flavors and they can be decorated for any occasion. Pair them with individual ice cream cups and you’re good to go. For touch free serving, stick a fork in the top of each cupcake.

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Store bought cupcakes are easier for guests to eat and can be decorated for the theme of the party. A time saver for the host too!

Don’t forget the Thank You’s!

Place a small pencil holder on a table with return envelopes. Ask guests to fill out an envelope with their name and address and you won’t be hunting for addresses when it’s time to send the Thank You cards. Nothing left to do but add those personal notes of gratitude, stamp and mail! 2017-06-25 14.12.31

Don’t forget the candy bar!

Every party needs treats and a Candy Bar is sure to please! Modify it with individually wrapped candy for safety, make a few creative labels and you’re good to go!

Dress up those drinks for occasion!

A quick idea to dress up beverages for any occasion? Personalized water bottle wraps/stickers. I got mine from Oriental Trading but a quick web search will give you plenty of options. Simply wrap them around the bottle or can of beverage of your choice for a personal touch to any event. You can also use these for a promotional event. I purchased a color coordinated plastic drink bin, from a local big box store, filled it with ice and made a nice display for a graduation party.

Even if your party has been downsized, you can keep the festivities alive with this simple, personalized idea. 2017-06-25 14.13.58

Homemade Quartz Countertop Cleaner

Hey, thanks for joining me today. I want to start this by saying that I am in no way an expert and you should always consult the manufacturers recommendations before using any cleaner. A quick note about quartz and granite though, never use abrasive cleaners on them. Abrasive cleaners, vinegar and bleach can damage them.

With that being said, I’m not an expert. I am a mom who is always looking for a bargain. Recently, I began looking for safer, more natural cleaners that are still effective. If you take a look at the back of most cleaners on the shelves today, you’ll see a long list of ingredients, most of which I can’t pronounce. And with Coronavirus spreading like wildfire, it’s not always easy to find cleaning products. I’ve done some research and tried different recipes for homemade cleaners and I’ll share them with you here. Today, we’ll start with Quartz countertop cleaner.

You’ll need:

1 clean and empty 16 ounce spray bottle

1/4 to 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol

A couple drops of dishwashing liquid

Label the clean and dry spray bottle with permanent marker. I also write the recipe for the cleaner on the bottle for easier refills.

Add alcohol to the bottle, fill with water and put two drops of dishwashing liquid. Seal the bottle tightly, give it a shake and you’re ready to go.

If you prefer wipes, remove the cardboard core from a roll of paper towels, place in a container with a tight cover and pour mixture over the paper towels. Pull from the center and you’re good to go.

For reusable wipes, pour the mixture over some inexpensive wash clothes. Use, wash and reuse.

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